University of Oulu, 2016

Public defence: Julius Francis Gomes

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The doctoral dissertation of M.Sc. Julius Francis Gomes (international business management) titled Exploring connected health business ecosystems through business models will be publicly examined at the Oulu Business School on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 12:00 (noon) in hall TA105.  The event can be followed online via Zoom.

Opponent: Professor Christopher L. Tucci, Imperial College Business School
Custos: Docent Petri Ahokangas, Oulu Business School, Martti Ahtisaari Institute

Dissertation on Jultika

Complementarity of Business Models as the key to sustainable Connected Health Business Ecosystems

The public healthcare sector is globally overburdened due to the increase of chronic illnesses and the growth of the elderly population. As a result, a growing number of private entities have opportunities to offer healthcare services through digital means.

Through three qualitative case studies, this PhD research identifies two critical future trends in the healthcare sector. First, with the advancement in communications technologies, novel healthcare solutions are becoming “connected” rather than only “digital”. Second, both the novel and emerging stakeholders as well as incumbents in the healthcare sector are adopting an ecosystemic approach that helps to make the contributions and value add coming from the public and private sector and citizens complementary.

The results of the study show how the business models of the organizations connect to each other and give rise to the emergence of business ecosystems through the processes of opportunity exploration and exploitation, value creation and capture, and advantage exploration and exploitation.

From the policy-making perspective, exploring Connected Health business ecosystems through business models can help in visioning, mapping and understanding the causal interactions and value reconfiguration relevant for developing future health care ecosystems.

Finally, the research points out managerially relevant ways how to build complementarity to business models within an ecosystem and enabling the emergence of a well-functioning business model for the whole ecosystem.

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